|Original title:||Machete Kills|
|Production country:||USA 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 103 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (1.85:1)|
|Bonus:||Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes, Trailer|
Film: The smartest hero of Exploitation Action Cinema is back. Machete (Danny Trejo) once again swings his name-giving machete in the name of revenge and justice. After his big love Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered in a fight against a drug cartel, Machete actually wants to withdraw completely. But then he gets an order from the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen), which the ex-Federal Agent accepts in exchange for American citizenship. With the help of an undercover agent (Amber Heard) posing as Miss San Antonio, Machete manages to get to the cartel boss Mendez (Demián Bichir), whom he is supposed to take out. Too bad he pointed a nuclear missile at Washington and connected the detonator to his heart. So Machete must let the gangster live and bring him to the USA to the only man who can defuse the firing mechanism: the heavy and eccentric arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson). He only has 24 hours to do that. Not an easy task, especially since a lot of followers are sticking to his heels, who do everything in their power to finally eliminate machete...
The development of "Machete" is simply wonderfully absurd. The whole thing started as a fake trailer, which was shown between the two films of the Grindhouse double feature by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This trailer was so entertaining that it received more attention than the actual feature films. And so it was quickly decided to turn the short trailer into an entire feature film. This was a wonderfully exaggeratedly brutal fun, which almost screamed for a sequel. Robert Rodriguez now delivers these with "Machete Kills". If he could already put together a very illustrious cast for the first part, he was able to add a shovel for part 2 in this respect. Charlie Sheen as US President, Mel Gibson as crazy villain with dangerous omnipotence fantasies, Sofia Vergara as vengeful madam with killer bra, as well as short performances of Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga or Alexa Vega from the "Spy Kids" films, who has matured into a damn sexy lady in the meantime, clearly increase the fun factor of this sequel.
The film also tries to top the first part in terms of action and dirty grindhouse brutality, with particularly bizarre and unrestrainedly exaggerated ideas. But unfortunately this works only conditionally. While "Machete" was extremely uninhibitedly politically incorrect and in a certain way also quite original when it comes to sex and brutality, the whole thing almost takes on cartoon-like traits. That's why what seemed amusing and wonderfully bizarre in the first movie seems a bit silly here. The worst thing is that Danny Trejos Machete has lost some of his coolness. The weak script puts slogans in his mouth that threaten to make machete into a joke. And the cool Mexican really doesn't deserve that.
"Machete Kills" has some very amusing moments and good show values. Seeing Mel Gibson alone as an eccentric villain is a lot of fun. And there are also numerous scenes that offer best grindhouse entertainment to those viewers who liked the first part. But unfortunately, the positive aspects are embedded in tenacious moments, pale jokes and surprisingly powerless action scenes. The result is a rather mixed overall picture, which has too few real highlights to offer. And even though the (fake?) trailer for "Machete Kills again...in Space" looks extremely funny, the anticipation for another machete adventure after this second part is rather limited. Therefore: only for big fans of the first movie absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: Like already part 1 "Machete Kills" is consciously kept in the trashy Grindhouse style in many scenes. Contamination, drop outs, etc. Weaknesses are therefore intentional and are therefore not included in the evaluation of image quality. The powerful colours and the overall good image sharpness leave a consistently positive overall impression. The powerful Dolby Digital 5.1 Mix does the same with the sound, which provides a lot of movement in the multi-channel range with some very well implemented surround effects. Good!
Extras: As a bonus there is a worth seeing look behind the scenes (approx. 19:30 min.), as well as eight cut scenes (approx. 19:04 min.) to which however no subtitles are available. Nevertheless, it's worthwhile for fans to take a look at these edited or extended and alternative moments!
Fazit: "Machete Kills" isn't quite as successful as its predecessor. But even if not every gag is right and the action sequences are only partly convincing, the movie is enough fun just because of the good-humored ensemble, a wonderfully overdone Mel Gibson and some wonderfully absurd scenes to be able to recommend it to big fans of the first part. The DVD is technically well done and the bonus material offers some nice additional scenes and a worth seeing making of. All in all, that's enough to make the disc "recommendable" despite some weaknesses in the movie.
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp